Despite her early exit at the hands of Magdalena Rybarikova during the second round of this year’s Wimbledon Championship, the 3rd seed, Karolina Pliskova has now been promoted to the WTA No. 1 ranked position in ladies tennis, as of the new rankings to be released on Monday, 17 July 2017.
The former No. 1, Angelique Kerber relinquished the top spot after losing to Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round. Simona Halep, the 2nd seed, was next in line, but needed to reach the semi-finals first. She however failed to do so, after being knocked out by Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals today.
Pliskova is the first Czech Republic player to achieve a No. 1 ranking. Another Czech born player, Martina Navratilova, was ranked No. 1, but represented the USA at the time.
In the year leading up to the rankings calculation, Pliskova has captured four WTA titles, reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slam tournaments, served more aces than anyone else on the tour and defeated several of the Top 10 players.
By winning the Aegon International at Eastbourne last month, she catapulted to the top of the WTA Top 8 Road to Singapore event, which will be held in Singapore in October.